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Sunday, March 1


“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”
Pr 9:9 NKJV

LEARNING AND GROWING

An anonymous poet wrote: “If you can start the day without caffeine; if you can get going without pep pills; if you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains; if you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles; if you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it; if you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time; if you can forgive a friend’s lack of consideration; if you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you, when, through no fault of your own, something goes wrong; if you can take criticism and blame without resentment; if you can ignore a friend’s limited education and never correct him; if you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend; if you can face the world without lies and deceit; if you can conquer tension without medical help; if you can relax without liquor; if you can sleep without the aid of drugs; if you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed or color, religion or politics; then, my friend, you’re almost as good as your dog.”
Almost, but not quite! This poem is dedicated to two kinds of people: (1) Animal lovers. (2) Those committed to learning and growing: “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

Monday, March 2

“Even to your old age…I am he who will sustain you.”
Isa 46:4 NIV

AGING WELL

Doctor Marian Diamond, a researcher in aging, found that deliberately induced challenges are required to keep our brains healthy and functioning. In one experiment a group of lab rats was given food, while another group had obstacles placed in front of their dishes. The rats that had to overcome challenges learned to solve problems more proficiently than the comfortable rats. The fewer problems a rat experienced, the faster its brain went downhill. They also discovered that if you put twelve rats together in a cage and gave them challenges, their brains developed better than when they had to face the same obstacles in isolation. And when researchers ran the same experiment with rats that were 600 days or older (the equivalent of 60 human years), the results were the same. The rats actually lived to be 800 days old. Then researchers decided to show them love. The rodents had the same challenges as before, but afterwards researchers would pick them up, hold them against their lab coats, pet them, and speak kindly. They’d say, “You’re one sweet rat,” or whatever it is you say to a rat! And when they did, those critters did more than break the 800-day barrier. At 904 days, not only were they alive—they were continuing to develop. The fact is, they developed more mental resilience under challenging conditions because they were part of a community, whereas isolation caused their brain power to diminish. Bottom line: To age well you need a God-given challenge, love, and good relationships.